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LG 55LE5500 LED LCD HDTV Review

55 in.

Color performance is outstanding, but TVs with nearly-as-good performance that can be had for a lot less.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the xxLE5500 series. The xxLE5500 series includes the following models: 42LE5500, 47LE5500, and 55LE5500.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Front


The LG 55LE5500 is an attractive television. The bezel is relatively thin, and the 55-inch screen is simply too big to not impress. In the lower right side, you'll find a serious of touch-sensitive buttons for basic TV control. These are fingerprint magnets, and we recommend you stick with the remote control.

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Back


The back of the TV is a large metal grill. The ports are gathered in a corner for easier access. For information about the ports on the back of the LG 55LE5500 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The LG 55LE5500 is incredible thin. When you're setting it up, the idea that you're holding a 55-inch cell phone is hilariously apt. From this angle, you can see some of the ports on that face the side, but they're really located several inches from the edge. 

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Stand/Mount


The stand for the LG 55LE5500 is heavy and separated into three parts. It's kind of a pain to assemble, but the TV panel is so heavy, you can feel reasonably comfortable that it's in a secure base. The stand has a purple tinge, as you can see in the photo below. Purple is a pretty bold color, and not for everyone. Consider it before you click "buy."

We like that the stand allows the TV panel to swivel, especially because the viewing angle is so narrow.

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*The stand is purple and heavy, like Grimace *

Controls


The LG 55LE5500 has a series of touch-sensitive buttons on the lower-right portion of the bezel for basic TV control: power, menu, volume, channel up/down, etc. Using the buttons create fingerprints too easily, and you'll probably want to use the remote control to keep your TV looking clean. 

Remote Control


The remote control has a lot of buttons, but it's fairly intuitive. We love the backlight feature that helps you control the TV in a dark room.

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*The backlight is a great feature *

In The Box*(7.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 ships with the stand, remote control, batteries, and a starter manual. There is no full manual in print form. Instead the full manual is only available in digital form. It comes included in a disc, and you can download it from LG's website. The LG 55LE5500 is very unusual in that it also include Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials, a Windows-only software that helps get you started in creating a home network.

Be aware that this TV is extremely heavy and awkward to set up. You'll want another person to help you set it up.

Aesthetics*(8.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 is an impressive TV solely on its screen size. But the designers did a good job with creating a cool, thin aesthetic from top to bottom. The TV and stand have a slight purple tinge which is probably not to everyone's taste.

 

Other Models in the xxLE5500 Series
This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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LG 42LE5500 42 inches LG 47LE5500 47 inches LG 55LE5500 55 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Vizio XVT553SV
  14. Vs Sony KDL-52EX700
  15. Vs Samsung PN50C6500
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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